I would rather trust the sinner than the priest who will kill with his cross.
Along the history in the name of God, authorities in positions of power have done atrocious deeds, killing people in the most heinous ways. Women who have found ways to cure people using natural remedies have been accused of being witches and burned at the stake. When the Church wanted land, accused the owners of heresy, killed them and appropriated the land. The Crusaders killed at will, on their way to Holly Land, all those who remained in their way, without punishment. Many Americas indigenous people were exterminated in the name of God.
Using intimidating tactics (Hell punishment), people fear of unknown, the desire of a protective superbeing, those claiming they represent the wish of God on Earth transformed the concept of a Creator into a merciless punisher, unless… you follow their rule.
Have you ever seen the hate in the eyes of a hard-core believer when someone challenges God’s ways? Luckily in most countries they have to swallow their hate, there is a freedom of speech. But do not try it in a country where the law of God is still supreme.
A priest will always defend the God’s ways. What is wrong here is the difference between a principle and its implementation. If God lay-out the principles, the God’s representatives on Earth are in charge with the implementation, and they claim exclusivity, and that scares me. The principles cannot be challenged if God is our creator, He has exclusivity in what He designed… So many things can go wrong with the implementation, but God’s representatives on Earth will never admit it.
The sinner challenges the existence of God, and that is something you need courage for. Our educational system at home, family tradition, the need of a protective being is all too powerful. Here is what a last century philosopher put it:
“I don’t understand how people can believe in God, even when I myself think of Him everyday.”
I feel more comfortable to talk to a sinner than to a priest.